Guide to Refrigerated Wine Cabinets

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Refrigerated wine cabinets are a viable alternative to wine racks they allow you to store your wine collection in a cooled space. They provide the ideal conditions as a short- or long-term solution. You can serve wine at the right temperature. Many variants also offer a great way to showcase your collection. These cabinets are a terrific addition to any kitchen or wine room. An under-counter wine cabinet or fridge chills your wine collection appropriately. It provides the necessary (adjustable) cooling in a compact structure that is ideal for bars, kitchens and other spaces. Under-counter cabinets are available in two configurations: the single and 2/3 temperature sections. Choice of configuration depends on wine storage requirements. The same applies to positioning the preferred spot should allow easy access. The appliances are suitably designed allowing them to fit snugly in the compact spaces without compromising holding capacity. The colour or style of under-counter wine cabinet should complement the décor of the room it occupies.

Create the ideal conditions
As a constantly developing drink, wine requires a favourable environment to thrive. It reacts either positively or negatively depending on its surroundings. For wine to mature properly, you should invest in a good cabinet. If the conditions are too warm, wine ages faster and too cold, deposits may start forming. To ensure that the cork remains moist, store bottles on one side this helps block air from entering. Sparkling wines and screw cap bottles should always be stored upright. The volume of your collection influences the ideal carrying capacity of a refrigerated wine cabinet. The bigger the collection, the larger the cabinet required. Additionally, consider the type of wine bottles in your collection. The majority of units have the capacity to store Bordeaux-size bottles.

Champagne or Burgundy bottles are much wider and take more space, thus limiting the number of bottles you can store.

Storage temperature requirements
The storage temperature requirements of red and white wines vary considerably. The ideal storage temperatures for reds hover between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius whereas white wines should be stored at 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. Top-of-the-range wine cabinet models allow you to set independent temperatures within the unit. This makes it possible to dedicate the bottom shelf to the champagne bottles while the claret occupies the top shelf. With cheaper models, you will have to compromise since they provide a single temperature control setting. In this case, you should increase or lower the temperature before drinking. Another critical aspect in wine storage is humidity control. If the incabinet conditions are too dry, the corks will lose their moisture allowing air to enter. Excessively damp conditions lead to the formation of mould. High-end wine cabinets maintain the ideal humidity in addition to keeping unit well ventilated. Some advanced units come with charcoal filters to prevent contamination. Fan cooled refrigeration helps maintain idyllic conditions by ensuring that whenever the door is open, the cabinet recovers its interior temperature. It eliminates any in-cabinet odours in the process while ensuring that the wine remains untainted.

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